Kick and Chase Coaching Session
Always have 4 parents (2 coaching, 2 handlers of the queue)
Always break up into two groups using both goals
25 minutes total drill time with extra time for water breaks, etc.
1. 5 minutes warm-up
- Dribble around the field following the coach.
- Stretch (optional)
2. Dribbling 5 minutes
- Cone drills (Have kids dribble through cones – as season progresses increase the level of difficulty)
o Both feet
o Right foot
o Left foot
o Bottom of boot
o Inside of foot
o Outside of foot
- Cone Drill w/goal – add gate to end of cones, have player shoot after getting through the cones
3. Trapping 5 minutes
Always split kids up in two groups or more to keep lines small.
Simple Toss (better for U6s)
- Put kids in a line with ball (try to create multiple lines – break into 2 groups)
- Pass ball to the coach, you pick it up throw back to player to control with bottom of foot.
- Go to back of line
- Add a goal – have player trap, then dribble through a gate and shoot
- You can add passing/control to this drill by tossing the ball to the player and they gently kick it back to you in the air
Paired Toss (start with simple toss, then avance to paired toss)
- Break into two lines parallel lines facing each other
- Put two kids together with one ball about 3 feet apart
- Have each player throw the ball to the other player 5 times and the player traps the ball passes it gently back. Then switch.
- You can add thigh trap, then chest trap (work with them first before introducing paired drills – teaching a good toss is a feat in and of itself)
o Toss ball to thigh, player cushions the ball, ball drops to feet, player controls the ball with bottom of foot.
o Toss ball to players chest, player cushions the ball, ball drops to feet, player controls with bottom of foot
o Introduce a pass to the by throwing ball to the players foot and they it kick back in the air gently to the tosser.
§ This drill can also be used to introduce passing. Have the players simply pass back and forth to each other.
§ Increase the distance between them over time
§ Pass with inside of foot only, instep only, left only, right only
4. Shooting 5 minutes
- Set up a line at about half field.
- Have player dribble at the goal to a gate (two cones)
- Once player passes through the gate, they shoot the ball.
- When you a player shoots tell them to shoot hard
- Add a defender to the drill
o Have defender start from side (if they start from goal they don’t generally have to run to get in front of attacker)
o The purpose of this drill is to teach the player how the get around another player to shoot at the goal
o Go to 2 v 1
5. Scrimmage 5 minutes
- Go from 2 v 1 shooting drill to 2 v 2 with a second goal
§ Create another goal in the center of field cones
§ Have 2 v 2 session to simulate game play
§ Player play for 1.5 minutes then switch to next group
§ Continue to play 2 v 2 or go to full inter-team scrimmage.
Two most important things in soccer:
1 - Score Goals
2 – Defend (stop other team from scoring in your goal)
Other Important Concepts:
- Maintain a high quality in everything you do
- Practice Games
- Canyons & Volcanoes
o Place about 15 to 20 cones down on the ground half upside down and half right side up. All the cones that are right side up are “Volcanoes,” and all the upside down cones are “Canyons.”
o Now have two teams one “Volcanoes,” and one “Canyons.”
o The object of the game is for all the players on the Volcanoes team to dribble a circle around the upside down cones (Canyons) and then flip them over with their hand to turn the cone into a Volcano. Canyons should do the opposite.
o At the end of the time limit (1, 2 or 3 minutes) have them freeze and count how many Canyons and Volcanoes there are. Who ever has the most is the winner of the match. You can play a best out of 3 or 5 series.
- Sharks & Minnows
o Create a large grid – 20 x 30.
o Have one player play a shark and the rest of the kids line up at one edge of the grid with a ball – the minnows.
o The minnows dribble across to the other side, the sharks try to kick the minnow’s ball out the grid.
o The minnow’s who have their ball kicked out become sharks.
o Play until there are no more minnows.
- 3 v 1 (Monkey in the Middle)
o Make a grid about 8 x 8 or 10 x10 (make several grids to accommodate your number of players, you might have 3 grids for a total of 12 players)
o Have 4 players in each grid
§ 3 on offense and 1 on defense
o Players on offense will try and keep the ball away from the 1 defender for as long as they can (monkey in the middle). If the defender wins the ball he should give it back to the 3 players on offense and play resumes again.
§ Focus on the offensive players passing the ball to one another. If one player is on the ball make sure the other two players are putting themselves in supportive positions where they can receive the ball (not standing behind the defender)
o Each player will play a round of defense for 1 minute and then rotates.
- Clean Your Room
o Make a grid 30 x 40 with a half way line
o Form two teams and have one team in each half Both teams must stay in their half and may not cross over into the other teams half.
o Each player on both teams need a ball to start the game (or close to it if you don’t have enough balls)
o When the coach says go each team is trying to get all the soccer balls in the opposing teams half. At the end of the time whichever team has the most soccer balls in their half has the messiest room and loses. The other team at that point can yell “CLEAN YOUR ROOM!”
§ Focus is on timing of striking the soccer ball as it’s moving. The game also allows for several touches on the ball (trapping, dribbling, and striking)
§ Play 3 game, having each game last 2-3 minutes
o Make a grid 15 x 20 with a small goal at each end.
o Form two teams with each team standing behind a goal.
o Give each player a number (1-5) and make sure the opposite team has the same (1-5)
o The coach should be on the sideline at the half way point of the field with the soccer balls
o When he calls out number 1, the #1 player from both teams will come out and try to win the ball that the coach plays into the grid. When they win the ball they should then try to score a goal.
§ Repeat this process with all the numbers
§ Feel free to call out 2 numbers at the same time and you can work up to calling all the numbers on the field at once
§ When you have 3 or more numbers on the field you can also put an additional ball into the grid
Milltown Coaching Clinic Session #1
Jog & Stretch
Canyons & Volcanoes
3 v 1 (Monkey in the Middle)
Clean Your Room
If you do decide to have some fitness involved make sure to incorporate the ball (if running sprints, make them do it while dribbling a soccer ball).
Milltown Coaching Clinic Session #2
Freeze Tag (option 1)
Sharks & Minos (option 2)
1v1 & 2v2 attacking 2 goals (20 x 10 or 15 grid)
4v4 to small goals (20 x 30 or 25 x 35 gird)
Milltown Coaching Session #3
Focus on athletic movement and building coordination skills
4 v 3 to goal w/Keeper